April 2, 2016

Transplant Monitoring

30-Day Readmission Risk

Female doctor showing digital tablet to patient. Professional and man are analyzing medical report. They are discussing over itAbdominal transplants are now recognized as effective procedures that can be performed to treat both acute and chronic failure of the liver or kidneys. One-year survival rates for patients who receive these surgeries typically fall between 90 and 95%, yet risk of readmission, particularly early readmission, is high (1).

A recent five-year analysis of 12,000 liver transplant recipients found that 38% were readmitted within 30 days and 48% readmitted within 90 days of discharge, leading to $44,000 of additional transplant-related costs per patient (2).

Similar 30-day readmission rates ranging from 18% to 47% were observed in a study of more than 32,000 kidney transplant recipients, and the mean associated cost of rehospitalization was more than $10,000 per patient (3).

Readmissions are Preventable

Several studies of post-operative hospital utilization have shown that the majority of readmissions occur for preventable reasons (4). Moreover, targeting patients who are at risk for readmission and providing them with more sustained care coordination, supported by robust education, could significantly reduce early rehospitalization incidence (3,4).

Closing the Readmission Gap

2k-medical-professionals-team-briefing-000052985388_XXXLargeWe have developed a revolutionary remote health monitoring system designed to:

  • Identify early warnings of infection, rejection, or other issues that could lead to rehospitalization
  • Improve patient engagement, adherence to discharge protocols, satisfaction levels and, ultimately, health outcomes
  • Enable transplant centers to optimize profitability through improved pre-procedure and post-discharge patient care that minimizes post-transplant length of stay, avoidable readmission days and operational burden

We staff a team of support professionals to monitor patient health and help you achieve your program objectives.  Our principal aim is to work with you to implement a monitoring program that will help you optimize outcomes for your patients and maximize clinical, financial and operational results for your organization.  To learn more about our solution or connect with an ActiCare Health sales representative, click here.

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(1) Moreno R & Berenguer M. “Post-liver transplantation medical complications.” Annals of Hep 2006; 5(2): 77-85.

(2) Wilson GC et al. “Variation by center and economic burden of readmissions after liver transplantation.” Liver Transpl. 2015; doi: 10.1002/lt.24112.

(3) McAdams-DeMarco MA et al. “Early hospital readmission after kidney transplantation: patient and center-level associations.” American Journal of Transplantation. 2012; 12: 3283–3288.

(4) Paterno F et al. “Hospital utilization and consequences of readmissions after liver transplantation.” Surgery. Oct 2014; 156(4): 871–880.